Bidenisms: A collection of the vice president's gaffes and head-slappers.
Bidenisms: A collection of the vice president's gaffes and head-slappers.
The vice president's gaffes and head-slappers.
Feb. 26 2010 12:24 PM

This Week's Bidenisms

Collecting the vice president's gaffes and head-slappers.

Vice president Joe Biden produced three fresh Bidenisms this week. Please continue to send your nominations (with a link, please) to For more, and our stab at a definition, see "The Complete Bidenisms."

Biden: "It's easy being vice president—you don't have to do anything."
Interlocutor: "It's like being the grandpa and not the parent."
Biden: "Yeah, that's it!"—Explaining his job during a casual, off-camera conversation, caught by a C-SPAN mic, at the Blair House health care summit, Washington, D.C., Feb. 25, 2010

Click here to listen to audio of Biden's comments.


"[The health-care summit] could be pure theater."—Straying off-message during an interview with the Wilmington News Journal in describing the bipartisan health care meeting that the White House was billing as "a critical step toward getting the job done on health reform," Washington, D.C., Feb. 24, 2010

"Many statements—statemen—statesmen—have walked through this campus and pronounced statesmen better than I have."—Cracking wise during a speech at the National Defense University, Washington, D.C., Feb. 18, 2010

Click here to see video of Biden's comments. The Bidenism is at 3:32.

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